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Registering an Out of State 1989 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel

I'm looking to register a 1989 VW Jetta Diesel in California, which I purchased out of state. Being that this is an out of state vehicle does it still qualify for for smog exemption? I heard diesels older than 1997 are California smog exempt, but It's not clear if that applies to out of state vehicles too. Thank You.


As of this time California does not require smog inspections on diesel cars 1997 and older, regardless of whether the diesel vehicle is purchased in California or out-of-state. You should not need a smog check when attempting to register your 1989 Diesel Volkswagen Jetta. For verified information contact the California DMV at (800) 777-0133.

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